Elizabeth haunts every frame of The Descendants. In short, she’s no saint: Matt is quick to acknowledge their marriage had problems, but even he is shocked when his eldest daughter (Woodley) reveals that mum was having an affair. So begins a leisurely, island-hopping road trip as Matt and his children spread the word about Elizabeth’s terminal condition and seek out the illicit lover. As ever, Payne – adapting a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings – walks a fine line between caricature and compassion. This is an exquisite portrait of a family navigating the wreckage imparted to them by one of their own.
|Stars:||George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Patricia Hastie, Grace A. Cruz, Kim Gennaula, Karen Kuioka Hironaga|